City hall in Saskatoon will consider a bid today that would see the 36 animals that make up the Kinsmen Park carousel repainted and restored to their original glory.
'The carousel just had that emotional tie' - Brad Babyak
When the effort began to rebuild Kinsmen Park, it became clear the original carousel, which has been creating memories and making children smile since 1975, would have to be saved.
"You know the more we talk about the project, the more I hear stories about when they were there. It's just something special to people here in Saskatoon," said city facilities supervisor Brad Babyak.
Babyak said they’ve been working ever since to find someone who could take on the very unique task of restoring the ride.
Today, a committee of council will be asked to consider a local bid worth $105,420.
Babyak said that as this project proceeds, he hears more and more stories about the carousel.
"When they were kids they used to ride it, then they took their kids and now they're taking their grandchildren to there and they felt that the carousel just had that emotional tie."
The carousel has been operating since 1975
The Kinsmen Park carousel may move one step closer to being restored today.
Final approval of the local bid to restore the ride will have to wait for the next council meeting.
The work is expected to take almost a year, and should be done in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Kinsmen Park carousel in Saskatoon.